As We Go On, We Remember/All The Shows We Saw Together

For the Class of 2010, the month before graduation is full of both longing for the past and excitement for the future.  Coupled with that excitement, however, is uncertainty.  Graduates are full of questions about what their futures will bring, and above all, there is one question that I’m sure weighs heavy in future graduates’ minds:  what will happen to our arts discounts?

Don’t fret, graduates!  As usual, CUArts and CAAL have you covered.  This year’s graduation festivities will be accompanied by Commencement Carnival 2010, an exhaustive selection of discount ticket offers, restaurant specials, and New York cultural events available exclusively to this year’s graduates and their families.  No matter where your interests lie, you’ll be sure to find something exciting!  Below is just a taste of some of the great offerings available:

For Museum-Lovers:

On May 16th, there is a special guided tour of The Cloisters, the uptown outpost of The Met, specializing in Medieval Art.  A truly beautiful museum, it was once described by Germain Bazin, the former director of the Louvre, as “the crowning achievement of American museology.” Afterwards you can take a walk around Fort Tryon Park, one of the most beautiful areas in Manhattan (and one of my favorite places).  Check tickets and availability for this event here.
For Theater-Goers, there are several opportunities for discounted Broadway tickets:

Go here for tickets to Fela!, playing at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, and here to see Denzel Washington in August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Fences.  For more Broadway discounts, check here!

Two other noteworthy events on the Commencement Carnival roster are the Chinatown and Little Italy History and Tasting Tour and SonicVision at the American Museum of Natural History.

Another exciting component of Commencement Carnival is the discounts and drink specials at bars and restaurants all over New York City.  Diners can indulge in free dessert at L’Ecole, the restaurant of the French Culinary Institute, or get 15% off the final bill at Mama Mexico.

But the events don’t stop there!  Check out the Commencement Carnival website for more information on deals and events.

Most importantly, the Arts Initiative doesn’t want your benefits to end at graduation, so all Class of 2010 graduates can sign up for a free membership with Columbia Alumni Arts League!  You’ll be privy to many similar ticket and event discounts to those you enjoyed as a student, as well as exclusive alumni events and a periodical newsletter to make sure you’re on top of the latest arts events in New York and worldwide.

Check out the registration website to sign up, if you haven’t already, and don’t forget Vitamin C’s words:

Will we think about tomorrow like we think about now?
Can we survive it out there?
Can we make it somehow?

You can! With CAAL.

Ope Omojola, CC ’12

CAAL Associate

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